Methodist Hospital in Indy will retain name

INDIANAPOLIS – After conducting the most comprehensive customer and market research in history, which included talking with nearly 1,400 patients and their families, affiliated physicians and staff members, Clarian Health recently announced a re-branding that will define how the academic health system will deliver on a new promise to patients and communities. A new name that will take effect when Clarian Health becomes Indiana University Health in early 2011.

After making this announcement, Dan Evans, CEO of Clarian Health and a lay member of the Indiana Conference, said, “Indiana University Health clearly defines our focus – improving and protecting the health of our patients and Indiana communities – while visibly identifying our close partnership with IU School of Medicine.”

Indiana Conference members James Lingemann, Kent Millard, Patricia Miller, Gene Robbins and Ronald VerLee represent the Conference on the Methodist Health Group, which includes Clarian Health. Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner is a member of the Clarian board, as well as several other United Methodists, who see their service rooted in the mission of the church.

Providing assurance

Patients’ responses to Clarian’s research showed when choosing a health care provider, they want assurance they:

  • Will be treated with respect;
  • Will receive the latest, most innovative treatments;
  • Have access to some of the region’s – and the nation’s – top doctors and specialists;
  • Can receive the best possible care, wherever they live in Indiana.

The research also showed that patients value Clarian’s close relationship with Indiana University School of Medicine and access to some of the region’s best specialists and the latest, most innovative research and treatments.

“We want our patients to feel assured that when they choose us for their health care, they are making the right decision; and that when they come to Indiana University Health – anywhere in Indiana – they are assured of access to leading-edge treatment and research and world-class clinical specialists,” Evans said.

Making the connection

For patients who are unaware of how closely intertwined the two institutions are in providing that high-quality, safe patient care, the name change will typify the connectedness.

“The renaming of Clarian as Indiana University Health recognizes that the clinical care provided through this system has a reach that extends across the state of Indiana and beyond,” says D. Craig Brater, MD, dean, Indiana University School of Medicine.

United Methodists

For United Methodists, Clarian’s pastoral service links to the Indiana Conference providing psychological assessments for clergy candidates, various services in support of clergy wellness and congregational health ministries, and clinical pastoral education to students, clergy and laity. Through its hospitals, Clarian Health provides for discounting the costs of inpatient services to persons covered by the conference insurance plan.

The Indiana Conference also is related to The Methodist Hospital, Southlake Campus in Merrillville; The Methodist Hospital, Northlake Campus in Gary; and Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

For more information about the relationship between the Indiana Conference and Clarian Health, visit www.clarian.org/umcconference.